Kanye West: New album sooner than expected?

Last we heard from Kanye West, he was “SO HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE STUDIO MAKING NEW MUSIC,” name-dropping Maya Angelou, Gil Scott-Heron, and Nina Simone on his blog. That was only three weeks ago. But a recent Twitter post from Kanye’s cousin and collaborator Devo Springsteen suggests that Yeezy might be farther along on his next project than we’d thought. “Heard the new Kanye West album,” Springsteen tapped out on his cell phone yesterday. “Inspiring…” (Thanks to Nah Right for spotting this.)

Okay, so that’s not a whole lot to go on. Still — “the new Kanye West album”? So he has an entire new album already, finished or close enough to finished that it’s being listened to by his inner circle? And it’s inspiring, no less? Very exciting!

We haven’t been able to get an official update on the status of Mr. West’s next project from his label yet, but that’s no reason not to start anticipating wildly. What do you hope Kanye’s next album (assuming there is one) sounds like? Is this something you’re looking forward to?

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  • Maya Angelou

    To be clear, I have nothing to do with this album.

    • NoOneCares

      No one cares.

  • mishka

    YAY! Bring us some great tunes, Kanye!

  • Ricky

    This summer would a great time to drop the album. Or maybe this fall. Looking forward to new Yeezy either way!

  • dylan

    yayyyyy, new Kanye!!!cant wait!

  • Sally


  • Aiden

    this album is gonna be the BESSSST! kanye is a beast!

  • Phil

    First off, Kanye shouldn’t be dropping any new album til he fully launches Mr Hudson like he planned to! I’ve got the import, he is kinda awesome, and should gain some mainstream attention soon when radio officially jumps on Jay-Z’s “Your Forever” next week. And this really isn’t a shock. Just cause Kanye made such a huge blunder back in the Fall, he hasn’t released a new album since the Fall of 2008…OF COURSE HE HAD A NEW ALBUM DONE. 3 weeks ago he was prolly just tinkering around with a final new song or two. TRUST, Kanye is alot of things at alot of times, but musically, he is a genius. His throw away tracks could make an entire Album for some other artist. Hearing he has a whole album done doesn’t shock me in the least, and if you’re a fan of his, shouldn’t shock you either.

    • Stranger

      I’d like to say that I am a huge Kanye fan, and for him having an album done already is not shocking at all. But he should drop this album soon, i would say before the summer, this way all of us kanye fans have something to listen to during the summer. and your right he should be launching mr. hudson, but maybe letting this out then launching mr. hudson would be a better idea. also jay-z’s song is “Young Forever” not “Your Forever” lol

  • Phil

    “Young Forever” not Your

  • richard

    damn ye it be stupid to diss you

    • ry-Dubz

      evin yo supaficill rapz is supa oficial

  • C. Brown

    In regards to Kanye West’s new album, I wouldn’t spend another dime on his music, whether it is good or not. He does make very great music and he is a very talented man. I just can’t get over what he did to Taylor, these actions that he displayed only lets us know the real type of person he is. How dare you? You have been awarded for your greatness as it was seen fit by the public and the powers that be, so who are you to try to discredit another singer just because you thought they were better. Even if that was the case (as we already know)you could have kept it to yourself. Me as a Jamaican woman look at that only one way, you must want her real bad and this was your attempt and caputring her in some way. At any rate, I really did like your music, I was never really hot about you persay but your music is good. Also, you need to really start listening to country music, you would learn something, I do everyday. Let’s see, today’s R & B or Country. COUNTRY!!!!!!

    • derek

      you are incredibly stupid, just because somebody offends you with there actions doesn’t mean you should shelter yourself from them

    • Mark

      Hmm, although i agree with what people say when they say what Kanye did was wrong, what he said was right. How can an artist win video of the decade but not win video of the year with the same video?? seems a bit farfetched to me. Kanye speaks his mind, nothing more and people should respect that a lot more than they do considering that’s what we often get encouraged to do. I’m a big fan of Kanye and think his next album will be as good as the last 4; if not better.

      • Stranger

        this was an awesome comment. That is the reason we all love kanye, for his way of saying what others need to say. plus lady what would you learn from country music, theres nothing more than a person whose in love and than there heart breaks and then oh yeah at the end everything is ok. at least on most hip-hop tracks they give a message, maybe you should listen to more hip-hop

    • Antonio

      P-Lz! Good music is good music. Taylor should be thanking kanye anyway. I mean that stunt boosted her entire career. Truthfully, I dont care about that anymore, its not like he shot somebody. Get over it damn

    • john

      Yea seriosuly america jumped on the defensive, its not like kanye physically or even verbally abused her, he just madee a statement, perhaps innapropriate (but very true swift doesn’t deserve ANY of the awards she’s been winning her music is corny generic crap), but definitely not wild enough to get people to forfeit listening to wests BRILLIANT records. If it turned out West was a baby slaughtering devil worshipping priest murdering sadist, ok id consider dropping him (like the equivalent of nbs f***ing conan). But for interrupting taylor swift?? his music is just to good even iff i consider him an unsavory and egotistic man. i though 808s was a tad weak for kanye standard but if he jumps bck into college droput/late registration/graduation form i’ll rejoice.

    • Gabriel

      You’re dumb. Him making comments to somebody, doesn’t change the way his music sounds.

    • Sarah

      its not as though that’s new behavior for kanye anyways. he has a pretty be history of pulling stunts at awards shows because he thinks they’re stupid…. which is true. only reason to love him more

  • keithteeth

    i can wait for kanye west to drop his new CD “but i need to know the name of his new CD”!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Pat

      It’s called “Good Ass Job”

  • Rickey

    I love kanye its about time somebody i Really like as far as music is coming out……….

  • Julz

    I cnt wait 4ye 2release..u go b0y!u a big m0tivater..u m0tivat me 2go hard nd far..nd onli tru ur musik!

  • Addison

    I wonder if anyone considered that he meant “808s and Heartbreak” just because it’s two years old now, it’s still Kanye’s newest album of material. Plus Bruce Springsteen is old. I find it unlikely that it’s a whole new album ready in three weeks, also that Springsteen would be high on the list of album screeners.

    • Stranger

      that is true, i can see what you mean by it being hard to believe, but if your cousin posted something new that no one else knew about, except for maybe close friends and family, wouldnt you say have you read/heard/seen his new “whatever”. if you wrote this people would take and it would give that person more of a strive to let everyone know what it is quicker

      • Stranger


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